There’s reading about history. Then there’s experiencing history firsthand. And nowhere else provides opportunities to do the latter like Massachusetts.

Here you can stand on the site of the Battle of Bunker Hill; take in the hysteria of the witch trials at the Salem Witch Museum; stroll down the gas-lit cobblestone streets of New Bedford’s historic whaling district and visit the New Bedford Whaling Museum; celebrate democracy at the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum; and see firsthand where all of the famous, and infamous, events that helped shape an entire nation took place.

For more information visit The New England Museum Association. A list of more than 400 museums and heritage sites from the New England region and their current exhibits.

  • Plimoth Plantation

  • Salem Witch Museum, Salem

  • Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge

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    Alden House Historic Site

    Duxbury

  • Battleship Cove +
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    Battleship Cove

    Fall River

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    Burial Hill

    Plymouth

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    DEAD OF NIGHT GHOST TOURS

    Plymouth

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    Duxbury Rural and Historical Society

    Duxbury

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    Fairhaven Academy Museum

    Fairhaven

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    The Fall River Historical Society

    Fall River

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    FORT TABER - FORT RODMAN MILITARY MUSEUM

    New Bedford

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    Hedge House Museum

    Plymouth

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    The Historic Mariner's Home

    New Bedford

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    Jenney Museum - Faith and the Forefathers,

    Plymouth

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    Marine Museum at Fall River

    Fall River

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    Mattapoisett Museum

    Mattapoisett

  • National Black Doll Museum of History & Culture +
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    National Black Doll Museum of History & Culture

    Mansfield

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    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

    New Bedford

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    New Bedford Free Public Library

    New Bedford

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    New Bedford Whaling Museum

    New Bedford

  • Old Colony History Museum +
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    Old Colony History Museum

    Taunton

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    The Paragon Carousel

    Hull

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    Pilgrim Hall Museum

    Plymouth

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